Spacecraft MR-1 gives no answer

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German title Spacecraft MR-1 gives no answer
Original title The Angry Red Planet
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1959
length 83 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Ib Melchior
script Ib Melchior
production Norman Maurer
Lou Perlof
Sidney W. Pink
music Paul Dunlap
camera Stanley Cortez
cut Ivan J. Hoffman

Space ship MR-1 gives no answer (German alternative title: Adventure on Mars) is an American science fiction film from 1959.


The MR-1 spacecraft, believed to be lost, is returning to Earth after months from its mission to Mars and making an emergency landing in the desert. The only survivors of the four-member mission are Col. Thomas O'Bannion and Dr. Iris Ryan. O'Bannion comes to the hospital with a puzzling rash on his arm. Meanwhile, initially suffering from shock and amnesia, Ryan tells Dr. Frank Gordon and Maj. Gen. George Treegar from the events on the Mars mission:

After a problem-free flight to Mars, Tom and Iris flirt with each other while their colleague Prof. Theodore Gettell worries about possible dangers that may still lie ahead. After landing on Mars, Dr. Iris Ryan happened to stare into a three-eyed creature through the boarding exit window that made her scream in shock. However, the picture immediately blurs. Your statement is doubted as a hallucination by the others.

During the first external exploration of Mars, the expedition team immediately kills a semi-herbal, semi-animal form of life when it attacks the iris. The next day the group meets a huge spider-like creature with a bat's head, bamboo-like legs and scissor claws, and just manages to defend itself against it. The scientists also discover a lake. When they return to the spaceship, Tom and Gettell want to abort the mission because Mars seems too dangerous to them and the goal, a first landing, has already been achieved. Gettell and the other crew members have meanwhile come to the conclusion that a higher collective life form may control the vegetation. The latter behaves unnaturally still and motionless without outside interference. When attempting to take off, the spaceship does not take off, held back by a mysterious force.

Forced to stay on Mars, the team explored the lake the next day. The team sees a major industrial city on the horizon. Suddenly a huge amoeba-like monster appears from the lake; Crew member Sam Jacobs falls victim to this. Colonel Thomas O'Bannion contracted an infection in his right arm. The survivors flee into their spaceship and soon find it engulfed by the huge amoeba, which attacks the outer shell with its acid. The team manages to drive away the amoeba with electric shocks and start it, but Tom becomes seriously ill and has to go to bed. Prof. Theodore Gettell suffers a heartbeat from the experiences of the days of exploration, suffers and soon dies. Dr. Iris Ryan and Gettell receive a warning from the Martians, who have been observing the earth and its inhabitants for a long time: never to return! The reason they cite is human violence throughout history and the fact that they have not evolved in that regard. If they did not do this, they would destroy the earth with their superior abilities. The Martians only allowed the spaceship to return to deliver this message. Thanks to a remote control, the spaceship finds its way back to earth.

The drug-abolished amnesia of Dr. Iris Ryan and her report, Dr. Gordon on earth to remove the overgrown and newly growing amoeba from Col. O'Bannion's injured right hand. In the meantime, the tape recordings made by the ship during the Mars mission have been deciphered. Including the warning from the Martians.


Director Ib Melchior only had nine days to complete the film. The scenes on Mars were shot using the Cinemagic process, in which the images were colored red.


“The silly and boring science fiction adventure of a rocket crew of three men and a woman who, after a successful landing on Mars, are driven away by the plant-like creatures living there. Individual sequences are shot in the “Cinemagic” process and look like stripes from the color-alienated reverse copy. "

The only thing noteworthy about this strip is the first and last use of the so-called Cinemagic process, which is based on the coloring of the negative. The success: Sore eyes while watching. "The coloring is so impossible that one wonders how something like this could ever get out of the copier." ( FILM OBSERVER )

Hahn / Jansen, Lexicon of Science Fiction Films , p. 563.


  • USA: November 23, 1959
  • Germany: April 13, 1963



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Individual evidence

  1. Spacecraft MR-1 gives no answer. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. World premieres according to IMDb